Rd. 1, Pk. 4
Jonathan Allen, DT/3-4DE, Alabama
Jacksonville could select one of seven players, and none would surprise me. Leonard Fournette is certainly an option, and he could end up being my final pick for Jacksonville. Jonathan Allen would be the favorite if it weren't for his shoulders, but perhaps that's being overblown. If so, the Jaguars could definitely take him with the fourth-overall choice. Sure, they signed Calais Campbell, but he won't be around for very long. Allen could study under Campbell and rotate inside on passing downs to rush the quarterback. Tom Coughlin has a track record of building a roster from the inside-out, and he's chosen numerous pass-rushers when he hasn't needed to upgrade the position. This could be another instance.
*** OTHER 2017 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***
1. Leonard Fournette, RB - There's a good chance Fournette will be the pick here if he's available.
2. O.J. Howard, TE - I don't think Howard will be the pick based on Coughlin's draft history. However, I wanted to point out that several teams believe Jacksonville will select Howard.
Rd. 2, Pk. 24
Chris Wormley, DT/DE/3-4DE, Michigan
The Raiders typically take chances on high-upside players like this in the second round. Chris Wormley has plenty of upside and potential, and he could potentially fill a huge need for the Raiders on their defensive line.
There's some dilemma in taking Jonathan Allen with the third-overall pick if he's just going to be a rotational player, so something like this makes more sense to bolster the defensive line.
Rd. 3, Pk. 10
Malik McDowell, DT/3-4DE, Michigan State
The Ravens need to address their defensive line in the wake of the Timmy Jernigan trade, and Malik McDowell provides great value here. McDowell has interviewed extremely poorly with everyone and could drop as a result.
Rd. 3, Pk. 26
Carlos Watkins, DT/NT, Clemson
The Seahawks are looking for an interior pass-rusher, and Carlos Watkins has exactly what they want in a prospect.
Rd. 1, Pk. 1
Jonathan Allen, DT/3-4DE, Alabama
If the top safeties are gone, I could see the Chargers taking Allen. They hosted him on a visit, and I think he makes sense as a versatile defender for Gus Bradley's 4-3 scheme. On top of that, the organization could save money by moving on from Corey Liuget in 2018, and the veteran had zero sacks last season, which only continued his downward trend of fewer sacks every year over the past four seasons. Allen could play as a five-technique defensive end or a three-technique tackle for Bradley. Allen would give the Chargers an interior pass rush to pair with Joey Bosa for many years to come. Thus, I think Allen is a good fit for the new team in Los Angeles.
In 2016, Allen totaled 62 tackles, 15 for a loss, 9.5 sacks, two passes batted and one interception returned 75 yards for a touchdown. He dominated at the point of attack all year and was very disruptive. Consistently, Allen used his speed and strength to put a lot of pressure on the quarterback. He is a tough run defender, yet can also beat guards or tackles in the pass rush.
Allen played really well in 2015 with 36 tackles with 14.5 for a loss, 12 sacks, two forced fumbles and four passes batted. He totaled 33 tackles with 11.5 for a loss and 5.5 sacks the year before.
In a 4-3 scheme, the 6-foot-3, 286-pounder could play three-technique defensive tackle, like Aaron Donald, or be an end who moves inside in passing situations. Allen rushed from the inside for Alabama, yet also could serve as a five-technique defensive end in a 3-4 defense. Allen has some natural pass-rushing skills to him along with quickness and strength. He is very fast at the point of attack with the power to shed blocks.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
Malik McDowell, DT/3-4DE, Michigan State
The Colts continue to build up the talent on their defensive line. They need a disruptor at the point of attack, and McDowell could make a significant impact at five-technique. Indianapolis has hosted him on a visit, and I think this could be a great value for the Colts in the second round.
McDowell totaled 34 tackles with seven for a loss and just 1.5 sacks in 2016, but was very disruptive with pressure on the quarterback. He was a backup in 2014, but broke out in 2015. At times during that season, McDowell was the Spartans' most disruptive defensive lineman. He totaled 41 tackles with 13 for a loss, 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a pick-six on the year.
The 6-foot-6, 295-pounder has a lot of upside to develop. Teams love his skill set, but have concerns about his work ethic in the weight room and motor. They also feel that McDowell seemed to be protecting himself in his final games. They question his desire to be great and love of football. Still, he would be a perfect fit as a five-technique in a 3-4 defense. Sources from multiple teams have McDowell as a high first-round talent and like him more than Arik Armstead and similarly to DeForest Buckner.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
Chris Wormley, DT/DE/3-4DE, Michigan
The Ravens get their replacement for Timmy Jernigan.
Wormley notched 40 tackles with nine for a loss and six sacks in 2016. His pass rush looked improved as a senior. Michigan had a tough defense in 2015 led by a tremendous defensive line, and Wormley was the Wolverines' leading defensive end. He recorded 43 tackles with 6.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for a loss on the year.
At 6-foot-5, 297 pounds, Wormley has versatile size to play in a either a 4-3 or a 3-4 defense. In a 3-4, he would be a five-technique defensive end. In a 4-3, he could play tackle, end or both. Wormley needs to continue to develop his pass-rushing moves.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
Carlos Watkins, DT/NT, Clemson
The Broncos could use a replacement for Malik Jackson.
Watkins notched 50 tackles with 13.5 for a loss, 10.5 sacks and four passes broken up in 2016. He caused a lot of disruption. To end the season, the senior dominated Ohio State and played well against Alabama. As a junior, Watkins produced a strong season with 34 tackles, 7.5 for a loss, 3.5 sacks, three passes batted and an interception. The 6-foot-3, 312-pounder didn't record many stats in his prior seasons as he was buried on the depth chart by a lot of good talent at Clemson.
The Raiders could use an interior disruptor and pass-rusher.
In 2016, Adams had 44 tackles with 8.5 for a loss, 4.5 sacks, two passes batted and one interception. There were times where he looked like a first-rounder with his size and speed. From a skill-set perspective, Adams is an early round talent, but his motor varies between hot and cold. The 6-foot-3, 308-pounder possesses an interesting body type that could fit as a 4-3 three-technique or a 3-4 defensive end. He had a very good Senior Bowl performance, rushing the passer really well in the one-on-ones.
In 2015, Adams had 44 tackles, three for a loss, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass broken up. He dominated that season's opener against Louisville and seemed poised for a massive year, but that didn't come to fruition as his motor was too inconsistent. Adams recorded 43 tackles, eight for a loss and three sacks in 2014.
The Giants could use an interior defender after losing Johnathan Hankins in free agency. Brantley could be a steal.
Brantley totaled 31 tackles with 9.5 for a loss, 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble in 2016. He was very disruptive with his quickness at the point of attack and was superb against Tennessee and Georgia. The 6-foot-3, 307-pounder used his agility to fire through his gap and routinely achieved penetration into the backfield. He is a dangerous interior pass-rusher.
Brantley flashed a lot of disruption at the point of attack as a redshirt sophomore in 2015. He totaled 29 tackles with 6.5 tackles for a loss and three sacks that season. While 6.5 isn't a huge sack total, it is a quality number for an interior defender, and Brantley showed the potential to be a three-down defender in the NFL.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Nazair Jones, DT, North Carolina
The Cowboys lost Terrell McClain in free agency and could use more interior defensive line talent.
Jones had a solid 2016 season for the Tar Heels with 70 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, three passes batted and a forced fumble. He is a disruptive defender who can defend the run and put some pressure on the quarterback. The 6-foot-5, 304-pounder played on the inside for North Carolina and has some versatility to man a variety of spots, but his best fit might come as a five-technique 3-4 defensive end.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Davon Godchaux, DT/3-4DE, LSU
The Seahawks could use some interior defensive line disruptors.
Godchaux caused his share of havoc in the backfield in 2016, demonstrating the skills to be an interior pass-rusher. He had 62 tackles with 6.5 sacks and 8.5 tackles for a loss on the year. Godchaux was very disruptive for LSU in 2015. He totaled 41 tackles with nine for a loss, six sacks and a pass broken up on the season.
The 6-foot-4, 293-pounder is fast and explosive at the point of attack. He has a lot of potential.
Tomlinson (6-3, 312) was a good run stuffer for Alabama and really improved late in the 2016 season with more plays in the backfield. He had 62 tackles with three sacks, four passes broken up and one forced fumble on the year. Tomlinson had a good week of practice at the Senior Bowl and wowed teams in the interview sessions. Tomlinson rotated into the game and totaled 34 tackles with six passes batted in 2015. With Jarran Reed and A'Shawn Robinson in the NFL, Tomlinson should take on a bigger role in 2016.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Larry Ogunjobi, DT, Charlotte
The Vikings could use some interior defensive line depth given the uncertain future for Sharrif Floyd.
Ogunjobi (6-2, 304) turned in four seasons of solid production for Charlotte, including his senior year, when he notched 65 tackles with 13.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks and two passes broken up. Ogunjobi had 62 tackles with 2.5 sacks as a junior and five sacks as a sophomore. He put together a good week of practice at the Senior Bowl.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Vincent Taylor, DT/3-4DE/NT, Oklahoma State
The Raiders could use multiple interior defensive line additions.
Taylor (6-3, 304) is a sleeper prospect who could end up being a nice value pick in the mid-rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft. He has disruptive speed at the point of attack and the strength to fight off blockers. Taylor played well as a junior and decided to skip his senior year. In 2016, Taylor totaled 51 tackles with 13 for a loss, seven sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass broken up. He recorded 48 tackles with 8.5 for a loss, five sacks and a pass broken up in 2015. Taylor has quality size and athleticism with good upside to develop.
The Packers grab a some defensive line depth and competition.
The 6-foot-2, 309-pound Johnson has the skill set to be a difference-maker at the point of attack. He is strong enough to shed blocks, yet has the speed to close on the quarterback. Johnson needs to get more consistent and increase the tempo of his motor, but he racked up 7.5 sacks in 2016. He also had 55 tackles with 10 tackles for a loss and two passes broken up. In a number of ways, Johnson is a similar prospect to former teammate Carl Davis, who had first-round potential but slid to the third round in large part because of inconsistent effort.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Charles Walker, DT, Oklahoma
Atlanta could use a more interior defensive line depth with Jonathan Babineaux aging.
In 2016, Walker totaled seven tackles with two for a loss and four passes broken up. He only played in four games because of a concussion and quit the team early in order to prepare for the 2017 NFL Draft. Walker was one of the few Oklahoma players who impressed in the 2016 opener against Houston, collecting three tackles, 1.5 for a loss and a pass batted. He had an impressive 2015 season with 36 tackles, six sacks and a forced fumble.
Walker displayed enough speed, strength and versatility to play end or tackle for Oklahoma, allowing him to be disruptive at the point of attack. The 6-foot-2, 310-pounder is talented and was cleared medically at the combine.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
Tanzel Smart, DT, Tulane
The Browns could use some competition at three-technique, and this could be a nice value pick.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
Ryan Glasgow, DT, Michigan
The Bengals could use some interior defensive line depth and competition.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
Elijah Qualls, DT/NT, Washington
The Chiefs let Dontari Poe leave and could consider adding some nose tackle talent.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
Eddie Vanderdoes, DT/3-4DE/NT, UCLA
The Cardinals grab more interior defensive line competition.
2016 First Round Pick: Leonard Floyd, Georgia (9)
2016 Offense Rankings: Total (15) Pass (14) Rush (17)
2016 Defense Rankings: Total (16) Pass (7) Rush (27)
2017 Projected Salary Cap Space: $53,988,863
Needs: (1)QB, (2)OL(2x), (3)WR, (4)34OLB(D), (5)CB(D)
GM: Ryan Pace Head Coach: John Fox
Offensive Coordinator: Dowell Loggains Defensive Coordinator: Vic Fangio
Offensive Scheme: Erhardt-Perkins Defensive Scheme: 3-4
DT: NT: DE:
(1) Hicks (1) Goldman (1) Allen
(2) Bullard (2) Sutton (2) Washington
NFL.com Grade: 6.81 ESPN Grade: 94 NFL Comparison: Fletcher Cox
Measurables: H: 6'3 W: 292 40: 4.76
Allen won the 2016 Chuck Bednarik and Bronco Nagurski Award as the nation's top defender on the nation's top defense in 2016 (69 tackles, 16 TFL, led team with 10.5 sacks). He repeated as first-team All-SEC following an excellent junior year where he finished second in the SEC with 12 sacks (14.5 TFL, 4 PBU). The 2012 Virginia Gatorade High School Player of the Year contributed early in his first year, playing regularly as a freshman reserve (16 tackles, three TFL) and then stepped into the starting lineup as a sophomore (11.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks).
Outstanding leader and athlete with an ability to rush the passer from outside or inside. Has produced against the run and pass thanks to his strength, agility, elite hand usage, and plus footwork. He might not be the cleanest fit inside as a full-time tackle for some teams, but his talent should trump any size concerns. Allen is a likely first-round selection with Pro Bowl potential down the road.
Chicago realizes that they can save $14-million against the cap by releasing Jay Cutler in 2017 assuming he doesn't deliver. Jay Cutler, Brian Hoyer, and Matt Barkley are not enticing options at quarterback.
At the same time, this is a weak quarterback group plus head coach John Fox is coming back. Chicago can save $16-million if they wait until 2018 to release Cutler and Chicago has $62-million to spend this year. If you think about it from a financial standpoint Chicago is more likely to need $16-million in 2018 than $14-million in 2017 for salary cap room plus if John Fox got to keep his job this year it may imply that Cutler gets to keep his job. Also drafting a new quarterback in this weak class and firing Fox the following year also implies that you are setting your quarterback up to fail.
Chicago can save $1-million in cap space if they release 3-4 right end Mitch Unrein and they can save $5-million in cap space by releasing 3-4 left end Akeim Hicks. Both are in contract years heading into 2017, plus this pass rush would make a major improvement if you had Allen at 3-4 right end and Jonathan Bullard your 2016 third round pick at 3-4 left end next to Allen with Eddie Goldman your 2015 second round pick at nose tackle this could potentially be one of the best 3-4 defensive lines in the entire NFL if all 3 of those guys managed to start next season. That would at least make the Bears competitive even with a quarterback as incompetent as Cutler or a head coach as incompetent as Fox.
The Bears pick Alabama senior Jonathan Allen here over a quarterback. Jonathan Allen had 10.5 sacks, 16 tackles for a loss, and 15 quarterback hurries in 2016 during his senior season. My biggest concern with Allen is that I see him as a 3-4 only player. Allen got schooled on tape when facing Arkansas left tackle Dan Skipper and does better against guards and right tackles on tape. He had similar problems against Clemson left tackle Mitch Hyatt who is expected to be a top 5 pick in 2018. Allen also struggled against Kentucky center Jon Toth as well, but he did get a sack on Western Kentucky's Forrest Lamp which was the only sack Lamp allowed in the last two years there, but I'll get to Lamp later.
Allen also loses count of plays at times when you watch his tape. If scouts notice this Allen could drop from being a top 3 pick to a top 5 pick, but that's entirely dependent on what what Chicago does with Jay Cutler. Allen won four different awards in 2016 so its hard to see him falling out of the top 3 if Chicago sticks with Cutler.
Chicago can use their second round pick on a quarterback to develop behind Cutler. I'm not sure Chicago can pass on assembling a defensive line that features Jonathan Allen at 3-4 right end, Eddie Goldman at nose tackle, and Jonathan Bullard at 3-4 left end.
My Take: This is a weak QB class. And with Trubisky, the only QB I see worth a T20 pick, off the board I don't see a reason to reach. I could see the Bears keeping Cutler one more year and looking for a project in the 2nd or 3rd. Or maybe Ryan Pace takes a chance on another Eastern Illinois alumni and trades a 2nd rounder for Grappollo.
McDowell is very raw, but he is a tremendous athlete and high effort guy. He is often compared to DeForest Buckner, but to me McDowell plays with much, much more power. He will fit really well as a 5 technique in their system. Pass rusher seems to be a popular choice to replace their ageing starters, but they addressed the position last year with Judon and they already had Za'Darius Smith. Those guys would start for a lot of teams. On the other hand, they have two potential free agents, and a bunch of question marks (albeit talented ones) on the defensive line. Corner is certainly a possibility here also, but I think McDowell here is just an exceptional value.
In addition to the value in this selection, you have to consider the depth of positions in this draft. It is true that the Ravens could use more help at corner, but in the next two rounds there will be multiple starting caliber players available, like Domontae Kazee, Rasul Douglas, Kevin King, etc. On the other hand, aside from elite talent at the very top, the depth on the defensive line is extremely thin. After McDowell, the players available are a very steep decline. That helps support the case for this pick.
** Combine Update ** Malik showed up at just under 300 pounds and showed off the length that is obvious on tape. Then he ran the 40 fast and showed off great athleticism. For some reason, somebody is out there trashing McDowell and I really think it's crossed a line. Daniel Jeremiah, who I think is by far the worst of the draft "experts," said today that sometimes it looks like McDowell "just doesn't want to be on the field." He said in every other game besides ND he just didn't show up. Well, I went back and checked by putting on the Wisconsin tape again, and here is my verdict: Daniel Jeremiah is not just a hack, he's a damn liar. Malik McDowell is raw, but Mark Dantonio is not going to play a disinterested player over the center on run downs, shading the C on passing downs, at a 5 or 7 tech, and sometimes even standing up in a 9, and in there on every single snap if he's not giving his all, which he was. And that was every damn game I watched. Did he get tired in some games? Sure, who wouldn't playing the way he was used? He also didn't play with good technique a lot of the time, which is going to wear a lineman out quicker. I will end my rant now, but the slander on certain player just needs to stop. Teams like the Ravens aren't going to counter it, because they'd love a player like McDowell to fall to them.
** Update ** This selection is becoming more and more likely with the trade of Timmy Jernigan. I hated that selection when they made it an thought Jernigan was incredibly over-rated. They need to re-build that front as now they have nothing but a few really good looking NTs. I love Willie Henry, but they are not going to count on him going into this season.
The Raiders can use some solid depth and talent at the Defensive Tackle position. Dan Williams is very productive but he is getting older, not only that there is not many talented back-ups on the D-Lin. Caleb Brantley can fill in that spot and be a potential starter later on in his career.
Has a compact, powerful frame with a naturally low center of gravity and thick limbs. Springs off the snap with the initial quickness to penetrate gaps and wreak havoc in the backfield. Brantley does a nice job of using an over-arm swim and chopping his hands to knock away the blockers' attempts to latch on, coordinating his hands and feet to slip free. Brantley's quick, powerful hands also show up with his ability to punch the ball out as ball-carriers attempt to slide past him. He shows impressive upper body strength to stack and shed blocks, as well as the lateral agility and balance to sprawl and keep blockers from reaching his legs, rarely getting knocked to the ground. Highly regarded by the Florida coaching staff for his toughness and selfless play.
Some years of bad moves by Ryan Grigson, like trading a first-round pick for Trent Richardson and blowing one on Bjoern Werner, are coming back to bite Indianapolis. The Colts have a ton of needs on their talent-deficient roster, including edge rusher, running back, cornerback, defensive line, and more offensive line talent. The defense is in horrible shape, so Indianapolis could take the best defensive player available regardless of position. Wormley would make sense because he would upgrade the Colts' weak run defense and pass rush. <br> <br>
Wormley has 39 tackles with nine for a loss and six sacks in 2016. His pass rush looks improved as a senior. Michigan had a tough defense in 2015 led by a tremendous defensive line, and Wormley was the Wolverines' leading defensive end. He recorded 43 tackles with 6.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for a loss on the year. <br> <br>
At 6-foot-5, 303 pounds, Wormley has versatile size to play in a either a 4-3 or a 3-4 defense. In a 3-4, he would be a five-technique defensive end. In a 4-3, he could play tackle, end or both. Wormley needs to continue to develop pass-rushing moves. <br> <br>
WR is clearly biggest need followed by O line help with aging FA Joe Hawley and a struggling veteran RT Demar Dotson. Unfortunately there isn't any available currently even though I really wanted there too be . If this pick is WR its gonna be Husky star John Ross . Only issue here is that he lacks size and I don't see him starting over Hump who had a big year . The guy brings speed and athleticism too the table, but isn't what TB should be going for at pick 19. Also only had one good year . Would be a bold move at 19 even if the kid is fast. Realistically Carlos Watkins or Caleb Brantley NT . GMC needs more help and Watkins had 10.5 sacks 12.5 TFL. He has no problem getting too the QB and I am sure next too GMC wont have a problem either.
I bet the Redskins never would've imagined in a billion years that they'd land Jonathan Allen in the 2017 NFL Draft without trading up. Allen is a top-five prospect, but has fallen because of a shoulder issue. I'd say his shoulders must be bad, but he has been tremendous at Alabama, and his shoulders definitely weren't an issue last year when he was the best player in college football. Washington is getting an insane steal with Allen, who will fill a huge need for them in the team's poor front seven.
Rd. 2, Pk. 3
Malik McDowell, DT/3-4DE
The Seahawks did a terrific job of moving down, picking up third-, fourth-, sixth- and seventh-round picks just for moving down nine spots. That's pretty good, and it'll help this grade a bit. Unfortunately, I'm not a fan of the end result. McDowell was a second-round talent I dropped into the third because he interviewed extremely poorly. He has the traits the Seahawks look for in a prospect, but doesn't seem very competitive, so it's surprising to me that Seattle would take him.
Rd. 2, Pk. 23
Dalvin Tomlinson, DT/NT
I had Dalvin Tomlinson in the third round, so I think this is a little bit early for the Alabama product. Tomlinson definitely fills a need, as New York had to replace Johnathan Hankins. However, I think they could've taken a better player and filled their linebacker need by selecting Zach Cunningham. It's odd that the Giants have passed on him twice.
Rd. 3, Pk. 1
Larry Ogunjobi, DT
The Browns will have to beat the Steelers at some point, and to do so, they'll need to contain Le'Veon Bell. Larry Ogunjobi could help them do that. He's a run-stuffing specialist who makes sense atop the third round. This is a solid choice.
Rd. 3, Pk. 10
Chris Wormley, DT/DE/3-4DE
I love his pick. Chris Wormley doesn't have great upside, but he's very versatile and has great leadership skills. The Ravens needed someone like him after trading Timmy Jernigan, and I thought he could've been chosen a round earlier than he ended up going. This is another solid move by Ozzie Newsome.
Rd. 3, Pk. 24
Eddie Vanderdoes, DT/3-4DE/NT
Once upon a time, Eddie Vanderdoes was a first-round pick. I'm actually pretty sure I had him in the opening frame in my initial 2017 NFL Mock Draft. Unfortunately for Vanderdoes, he has endured so many injuries throughout his career. If he can stay healthy - and that's a huge "if" - he can be a very solid starter for the Raiders. This pick is risky, given the durability concerns, but he's worth taking a shot on in the second half of the third round.
Rd. 3, Pk. 29
Montravius Adams, DT/3-4DE/NT
I thought Montravius Adams was going to be chosen a bit earlier than this, as he's an athletic, interior pass-rusher. However, he struggles to defend the run and doesn't have a very good motor, so I'm not crazy about this pick. I think it's fine, as he can be a decent rotational defensive lineman.
Rd. 3, Pk. 38
Nazair Jones, DT
Nazair Jones made a big mistake by declaring early, as he has yet to develop any sort of pass-rushing skills. Jones' poor testing didn't help either, so he's a bit lucky to make it into the second day. The one thing Jones can do well is stuff the run, so he'll help Seattle in that regard.
Rd. 4, Pk. 2
Jaleel Johnson, DT/3-4DE/NT
Make that two solid picks to start off the fourth round. The Vikings had to address defensive tackle with Sharrif Floyd's future in question. Jaleel Johnson is a solid 4-3 nose tackle who can stuff the run very well. I had him going later in the fourth round, so the range is right.
Rd. 4, Pk. 31
Ryan Glasgow, DT
I slotted Ryan Glasgow in the fifth round, so he makes sense at the end of the fourth frame. Glasgow tested extremely poorly athletically, but was very productive at Michigan. He could end up being a solid rotational lineman for the Bengals, but probably won't ever be a decent starter.
Rd. 4, Pk. 35
Carlos Watkins, DT/NT
The Texans wanted to add an interior pass-rushing specialist, and Carlos Watkins did get to the quarterback on occasion in Clemson with 14 career sacks. Watkins is a solid prospect who could've been chosen in the third round without any complaints. He's not consistent, but as a rotational player, that's not as big of an issue.
Rd. 4, Pk. 37
Grover Stewart, DT
I had Grover Stewart in the seventh round, but I don't mind a home-run selection like this at any point on the third day. Stewart is huge (6-5, 334) and has tremendous athleticism for someone at his size. He has the potential to become a solid starter one day, but his floor is pretty low as well.
Rd. 5, Pk. 34
Davon Godchaux, DT/3-4DE
I'm not too sure about this pick. It potentially fills a need, but Davon Godchaux is a low-effort player who was arrested for assaulting a woman last summer. The charges were dropped, but Godchaux is too much of a risk with not enough payoff.
Rd. 6, Pk. 1
Caleb Brantley, DT/NT
TEACH THE ORANGUTAN TO INSERT KIELBASAS MILLEN Grade
I said I wouldn't give Millen grades to fifth-rounders, but I didn't say anything like that about sixth-round choices! This pick is just horrible because Caleb Brantley was charged with knocking a woman unconscious recently, and there's still an investigation going on. The Browns even said they could cut him if they discover negative details! Brantley is a talented player, but he's lazy and showed up to pre-draft workouts overweight and out of shape. He's not worth a draft selection.
Rd. 6, Pk. 5
Tanzel Smart, DT
Tanzel Smart was a productive player for Tulane for several seasons, but tested extremely poorly at the combine. He should still be able to become a decent rotational player for the Rams, but doesn't have much upside.
Rd. 6, Pk. 10
Vincent Taylor, DT/3-4DE/NT
I had Vincent Taylor going off the board 24 picks earlier than this. Taylor is a pass-rushing specialist, as he notched seven sacks in 2016, a solid number for a player at his position. Taylor needs to improve in run support, but he'll be a rotational player in the meantime.
Rd. 6, Pk. 14
D.J. Jones, DT
This pick would've made more sense had the 49ers still been running the 3-4. D.J. Jones can stuff the run pretty well, but with poor athleticism, he doesn't project to becoming a potent pass-rusher. Still, he makes sense in this range as a role player.
Rd. 6, Pk. 21
Jeremiah Ledbetter, DT
I didn't have Jeremiah Ledbetter getting drafted, but I easily could have, as Ledbetter is a long-armed defensive end with solid athleticism. He didn't have the greatest production at Arkansas, but he has potential.
Rd. 6, Pk. 30
Elijah Qualls, DT/NT
I had Elijah Qualls being chosen much earlier than this, as I slotted him at the end of the fourth round. Qualls was a highly productive player at Washington. He didn't test well during the pre-draft process, but he projects as a run-stuffing specialist with a bit of pass-rushing ability. The Eagles lost Bennie Logan, so it's not out of the question that Qualls could take over his spot at some point.
Rd. 7, Pk. 5
Stevie Tu'ikolovatu, DT
The downside with Steve Tu'ikolovatu is that he turns 26 soon, and he's also extremely unathletic. However, the latter part isn't very important because his role, if he makes the pros, will be to stuff the run, which is the only thing he's very good at doing. The seventh round is the time to select specific specialists like that, even if they're going to need adult diapers in the near future.
Rd. 7, Pk. 7
Isaac Rochell, DE/DT
I'm sure 3-4 teams, even those in Milan and Minsk, would've appreciated this pick of Isaac Rochell. However, I'm not sure where he plays for the Chargers, who are moving to a 4-3. My guess is he'll be a rotational, interior pass-rusher. That's my prediction with Rochell, as Rochell has solid athleticism and could be a decent contributor.
Rd. 7, Pk. 10
Joey Ivie, DT
I didn't have Joey Ivie as being drafted in my mock, but he was close at least. Still, it's unlikely that he'll make Dallas' roster, though I do understand why the Cowboys would go after defensive line depth.
Rd. 7, Pk. 26
Treyvon Hester, DT
The Steelers showed interest in Treyvon Hester, but the Raiders broke their cross-country rivals' hearts by snatching him off the board. The Raiders have such a need at defensive tackle that Hester could see playing time soon as a situational pass-rusher.
Rd. 7, Pk. 28
Jordan Carrell, DT
Jordan Carrell tested well at his pro day, which is why Dallas drafted him. His production was just OK, not great, at Colorado. It might be difficult for Carrell to make the roster, but perhaps he'll emerge in a couple of years after being on the practice squad.